The first time I took the quiz I’m pretty sure I got a 2/10 but those were just lucky guesses. The second time I took it to refresh my mind on some of the facts that were still just as surprising to me as they were the first time I read them. In a previous sociology class I was in we talked about how the majority of the wealthy in our country is held by the top one percent but I was still amazed it was more than the bottom 90 percent. Another fact I found very interesting was that the greatest factor in health risks is dependent on one’s wealth.
This leads to the video I watched, “Not Just a Paycheck.” This video was about people who have lost their jobs they have had for 20+ years because of relocation to another country with a lot cheaper labor. Ex-employees were left to collect unemployment and receive health care for only a year. When they did, or if they could, eventually find another job they were working for a third of what they earned before. Not only did they lose their jobs but their chances of developing a health disease increased. Some illnesses related to unemployment include heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, alcoholism, suicide and homicide. People who have little control of their lives and less power suffer from similar diseases. A point made in the video was that wealthy Americans have more options, resources and power to control their lives resulting in better health which relates to the point made in the quiz that I referred to at the beginning of this post.
Another point that was made was that people that are unemployed and suffering from mental disorders can not afford their medication for the amount of time they need to be taking it. They stop purchasing these drugs, usually antidepressants, and begin a downward spiral. This video explained a lot of health problems with the major cause being stress, never mentioning genetics. I knew that unemployment has affected many people but I never knew it had such long term effects on health. I thought it was strictly financial trouble they were struggling with.